Chief Medical Officer
|Chief Medical Officer|
|Coordinate the Physicians, Corpsmen, Medical Contractors, Chemist, and Counselor to ensure the health of all crew.|
|Access: Infirmary, Bridge, Chief Medical Officer's Office|
|Related guides: Guide to Medicine, Guide to Chemistry, Guide to Surgery, Guide to Virology|
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Chief Medical Officer
The Chief Medical Officer, otherwise known as the CMO, is the ultimate authority when it comes to preserving the health of the crew. They make sure that the Physicians are treating people effectively, that the Corpsmen are responding to emergency calls, that the Chemist is producing the needed medication, and that the Counselor is helping to keep the crew mentally stable. The entire Infirmary is their department.
As the foremost medical professional on the ship, the CMO is expected to have the necessary knowledge and expertise to perform most - if not all - of the operations required by the department. However, their job is not to be the ultimate super-doctor; rather, it is to coordinate the efforts of their subordinates, only taking a direct hand in matters when absolutely necessary. The day-to-day operations of the department are the purview of the Physicians. The Chief Medical Officer exists to make sure that the Infirmary staff are well-equipped, well-informed, and well-coordinated.
Ultimately, most of the Chief Medical Officer's actual job on board the Torch comes down to knowing what each member of their staff is capable of doing, knowing what they currently are doing, and knowing what they should be doing, and then communicating that information to the rest of the Medical staff. If an emergency call goes out, it is the CMO's responsibility to make sure that a Corpsman responds to it promptly. If a line is growing in the Infirmary lobby, it is the CMO's responsibility to make sure someone is staffing the front desk. If things are quiet, it is the CMO's responsibility to make sure that someone is watching the suit sensors for anything strange. If a critical patient comes in needing emergency surgery, it is the Chief Medical Officer's responsibility to make sure that a qualified Physician is handling the case.
It is the CMO's job to make sure that everyone has a specific job, that they know what their specific job is, and that they are actually doing it. Generally, this means making sure that at least one person is watching the sensors, that at least one person is standing by to respond to emergency calls, and that at least one Physician is at the ready to handle critical patients. This also includes making sure that the Chemist knows what medicines are most urgently needed, and that the Counselor is aware of any potential mental health cases.
Beyond this, it is the CMO's responsibility to coordinate with the other departments to ensure that Medical remains well-informed and well-equipped. If an Odysseus is required, it's the CMO's job to requisition it. If Chemistry needs refill cartridges for its chemical dispenser, or the Corpsmen are running low on basic supplies, it is the CMO's job to contact Supply and get more ordered. If there's an emergency situation at hand, it's the CMO's job to keep Medical staff informed on what types of injuries they can most likely expect. If there's a viral outbreak, the CMO should coordinate with the rest of the line officers to ensure that all infected personnel are quarantined and cured.
Ideally, a Chief Medical Officer should have to do little in the way of direct Medical work. They should be coordinating, not performing, the necessary actions to keep the crew healthy. If no other personnel are available to do something, though, it ultimately falls to the CMO to do any job necessary to preserve the lives of the crew.
Medically Unfit Personnel
The Chief Medical Officer also possesses one of the most important powers on board the Torch: that of being legally authorized to declare any personnel medically unfit for duty, whether physically or mentally.
This requires the support of at least one other qualified member of Medical, if available - a Physician, if the declaration regards physical health, or the Counselor if the issue is mental - but is otherwise absolute. Any member of crew, or any passenger, declared unfit in this way is immediately removed from their position and stripped of all authority. Even the Commanding Officer cannot overrule such a decision, and, in fact, the Commanding Officer themselves may be removed from their position in this way.
This is obviously one of the most powerful abilities on board the Torch, legally speaking, and should never be used lightly. The Sol Central Government Representative and the Corporate Liaison may attempt to contact their respective higher authorities if they feel it is necessary. Any consequences of this, or of the declaration of unfit status itself, should be handled IC.